It's gone from Mark Scheifele scoring four goals in the third period to feeling like a foregone conclusion for the Barrie Colts.
On Saturday in Game 6 of the OHL final, the Colts' complementary scorers authored an all-the-stops rally to force overtime even though Mark Scheifele was ailing after taking a stiff bodycheck from the London Knights' Josh Anderson in the third period. His only shift afterward came in the final 90 seconds, when he was on the ice for Mitchell Theoret's tying goal that presaged Ryan Rupert's overtime winner. Now, in the hours ahead of the decider, Barrie's worst fears have come to pass. Scheifele, who has 14 points in the series, was not even able to make the trip to Budweiser Gardens to be with the team.
Anderson was not penalized on the play, nor was it reviewed by the OHL. Colts left wing Anthony Camara is also suspended for Game 7 after getting a charging major/game misconduct in Game 5 for a check on London's Seth Griffith; the play was over the line although Griffith played the following game.
Scheifele took a hard, awkward check from Josh Anderson in Game 6 and only played a shift or two more while in obvious discomfort.
— Stephen Sweet (@stephen_sweet) May 13, 2013
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For those wondering about severity of Scheifele injury, he didn't make the trip to London. That says a lot. #Colts
— Craig Ripley (@Craig_Ripley) May 13, 2013